firewatch: Packing Ultralight for China (Just the Synapse)

“Hello! I recently bought my first Tom Bihn bag: an olive/solar Synapse. I purchased it to take on a four-week trip to China. It was the only bag I took with me, which was a big change in my packing habits. I used to carry an old school-size backpack on short trips, and rolling luggage on long trips. The old backpack made my back feel awful, and rolling suitcases don’t mesh well with staircases. It was definitely time to try something new, and I was inspired by online articles and blogs to pack as little as possible.”

Read the full post by firewatch in the TOM BIHN Forums.

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Rands In Repose: A Bag of Holding

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“After six months of steady use of my Bihn backpack, not only do I understand why people love them, I also better understand the complete set of questions and requirements I have for a good bag.”

Read the full post at Rands in Repose.

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BeersandBeans Photo: Packing Cube Backpack in the Swiss Alps

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See a larger version of the above photo. The Beers & Beans Travel Site. And our Packing Cube Backpack.

Seattle Canine Extravaganza

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On Sunday, December 11th from 12-3pm at Paws-Abilities in Fife, Washington, the Pawsitive Alliance will host a Canine Christmas Extravaganza featuring adoptable dogs from over 20 rescue groups and shelters, workshops and pet supply vendors. You’ll also get the chance to buy a raffle ticket to win a Citizen Canine, with the money generated from the raffle benefiting the Pawsitive Alliance, whose vision is a happy and healthy home for every dog and cat in Washington State. Learn more about this great event at the Pawsitive Alliance website.

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Teaching “Sit” with treats and the Citizen Canine.

Update on the Travel Tray (first user photo)

The Travel Tray is now back in-stock after the first batch quickly sold out. Below is the first user photo of the Travel Tray by maverick:

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Phil Baker: Gift guide for the holidays

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“I’ve looked at dozens of products over the year, and here are some of my favorites that make great holiday gifts.”

Check out Phil Baker’s Gift Guide for the holidays, featuring our Cadet amongst other cool stuff.

Badger and Peruvian’s Co-Pilot Photos and Packing Lists

Peruvian:
“This is what I fit in my Co-Pilot on my recent trip to Peru”

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Badger:
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“Everyone posting about their Co-Pilots inspired me to carry mine to work today.”

Read more in the Co-Pilot thread in the Packing Lists section of the TOM BIHN Forums.

ABC World News wants to hear from you

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ABC World News:
“World News with Diane Sawyer” is gearing up for a “Made in America Christmas” and we need your help.

The average American will spend $704 on holiday gifts and goodies this year, totaling more than $465 billion, the National Retail Federation estimates. If that money was spent entirely on US made products it would create 4.6 million jobs. But it doesn’t even have to be that big. If each of us spent just $64 on American made goods during our holiday shopping, the result would be 200,000 new jobs.

Now we want to know, are you in? If so, we want to hear from you. How are you planning on spending your $64?”

Are you in? You are if you’ve bought (or are buying) any gifts from us this year. And we’re guessing you’re buying other Made in America stuff too. ABC World News wants to hear about it — share your photos, video, and comments with ABC World News here.

Peter Greenberg: 2011 Holiday Travel Gift Guide

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Peter Greenberg’s 2011 Holiday Travel Gift Guide features our Cadet checkpoint friendly laptop briefcase in addition to some other cool stuff. Check it out.